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Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 17:40:40 GMT
From: Paul Halliday <>
Subject: Re: temp fix for sagging headliner

in article, Sam at wrote on 28/10/2004 17:55: > > "Valjean" <> wrote in message > >> Hey, just find the $100 and be done with this... >> >> "Sam" <> wrote in message >> >>> >>> "P K" <> wrote in message >>> >>>> Is there a good temporary fix for the annoying sagging headliner? >>>> It started in the back near the hatch of my '86 900 and slowly >>>> worked its way to just behind the front seats, now big enough to >>>> hang low enough to be visable in the rearview mirror. >>>> >>>> I've thought about of sliting the cloth near the hatch and applying >>>> an aerosol glue to the backing and pressing it up. The other plan >>>> is just to pin it to the backing with straight pins until I decide >>>> to do a permanent recover job. >>>> >>>> Anybody do such a quick fix? >>>> Thanks >>>> --Paul >>> >>> We just pinned ours up with haberdashery pins. Looks pretty crap but to >>> be >>> honest I haven't even noticed it since it was done. >>> >>> Sam >>> >>> >> > Bugger that, $100 for a non essential job on a $300 car which might need > $250 worth of work to get through its next MOT :-) That's the spirit! Bodge it - tack it up with pins. If it cost that little, just run it into the ground and love it. It's all part of the character anyway and a lot of jobs on old SAABs have a story behind the ingenuity which fixes a problem. For the MOT, if you think it needs welding, wire brush the sills, paint the underside in hammerite, fibreglass fill in anything you can poke with a screwdriver and use a lot of bitumin to underseal it. After a couple of a weeks it all looks like it's been there forever :) Engine-wise, do a mini-service on the ignition electrics (sparks, rotor arm, car & leads), get the timing right and then lean it out slightly. Old SAABs are good cars; and a lot better than a lot of MOT "successes" that are out on public roads - I have no problem doing this kind of thing. Remember, the environmental impact of producing one new car outweighs us all running our old SAABs for the next 10 years :) I had a 285 quid 1985 model 900i and loved it. It was seriously rotten, but had a great heart ... I miss that car :( Paul 1989 900 Turbo S

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